The Brookings Police Department has announced a variety of new promotions.
“Each of these officers are very dedicated, and everything they do is in the best interest of both this community and this department,” said Brookings Police Chief Kelby McCrae.
“All of them initially came to the Brookings Police Department with seasoned maturity built through either previous law-enforcement experience, military service or both. They have all been with this department for at least five years.”
Patrol Officer Gavin McVay will now serve in the position of sergeant. His new responsibilities include planning the deployment of personnel, reviewing the casework of patrol fficers and distributing crime reports, among other duties.
McVay, who has lived in Brookings his entire life, has been with the police department since 2012. Previously, he was a corrections deputy for the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Most recently he has been field training officers and training new patrol officers.
Patrol Officer Ray Marrington is being promoted to the position of detective. His new responsibilities include, among other things, conducting and managing complex investigations, assuming control of cases from the patrol division to facilitate suspect identification and prosecution, participating in Major Crime Team investigations, and conducting narcotics investigation operations
Marrington has been with the department since 2014. Previously, he was a police patrolman in New Braunfels, Texas for two years. Before that, he served six years with the Air Force and two years with the Army. Brookings is Marrington’s hometown.
Patrol Officer Jason Barrigar is being assigned to the position of detection K-9 handler. His responsibilities include keeping informed on current search and seizure laws, assisting patrol and investigative personnel in the location of illegal drugs, and other duties as assigned.
Barrigar retired from the military in 2007 after 20 years of service and moved to Brookings, where he first served as a reserve officer with the Brookings Police Department. When an opening came up for a patrol officer, he was hired full time and has been with the department for 10 years. This will be his first assignment as a K9 handler.
“We will be getting a dog who will be specially trained and certified in the detection of illegal drugs, with Officer Barrigar as the handler,” said Chief McCrae. “We are in the very early stages of this process, so do not yet have a dog chosen, but hope to within the next couple of months.”
Officer Rob Johnson will be the new school resource officer (SRO) beginning this school year. “Brookings has not had an SRO for 15 years, so we are very excited to bring this back to our community,” said McCrae. “There are many goals we have for this position.”
The department is recruiting for one more patrol officer to replace Officer Johnson.